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Most drones feature a quadcopter design nowadays, but sometimes, traveling with it may be an issue, that is unless…you have a Dash Drone. Created by industrial designer Sheida Amiri-Rigi, this drone is unlike any other, since it features a modular design that can function as a single module or have several linked together to form an octocopter of sorts. Regardless of the configuration, it’s not limited to just flying, since you’re able to add up to seven camera modules too, just in case you need to capture some cinematic footage. Read more for additional pictures and information.
No, this isn’t a futuristic fighter jet, just th Kratos XQ-58 Valkyrie, a stealthy unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) designed to be deployed by the United States Air Force (USAF). It recently completed its first maiden flight on March 5, 2019 at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Unlike other combat drones, the Valkyrie is equipped with stealth technology, including a trapezoidal fuselage with a chined edge, V-tail, and an S-shaped air intake. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.
When remote-controlled tank meets flying drone, you get the Xerall X-TANKCOPTER, which is a hybrid device that can take off from the ground after zipping around on its neoprene Kevlar treads and then land at the push of a button. Thanks to its compact design, narrow spaces are no obstacle, whether they be in the air or on the ground, while its 120° wide-angle 720P HD camera captures all of the action. Read more for an endurance test video, additional pictures and information.
SNAPTAIN’s S5C WiFi FPV Drone comes equipped with an HD camera and perfect for beginners as well as enthusiasts alike, all for $67.50 shipped after clipping the 10% off on-page coupon, today only, originally $159.99. The drone can be fully controlled with a smartphone running the Snaptain Era App and Voice Control allows you to talk to position it perfectly for photo / video shooting. It’s easy to control with one key take-off and landing, even for beginners. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Hate bosses looking over your shoulder? The SiteWasp is basically an all-in-one monitoring drone that aims to replace supervisors at construction sites. “The objective of the SiteWasp drone is to remotely provide stakeholders with construction updates, thus unifying the planning process and the building process. This 3D drone system scans, measures, analyses, and documents with high-resolution images the current state and process of construction. It uses the digital BIM (Building Information Model) so that all remote stakeholders can react directly to crucial errors and differences, which leads to a more synchronized and efficient workflow,” said its creator Sebastian Gier. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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FLIR Systems, Inc. has unveiled the latest Black Hornet, a nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for use by global militaries, government agencies, and first responders. The Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) is currently the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and this next-generation Black Hornet 3 nano-UAV adds the ability to navigate in GPS-denied environments, enabling soldiers to maintain situational awareness, threat detection, and surveillance no matter where the mission takes them. Weighing in at just 32 grams, the Black Hornet 3 offers the lowest SWAP (size, weight, and performance) for UAS available. Offering improved speed and distance compared to previous versions, the Black Hornet 3 flies 2 kilometers at speeds of over 21 kilometers an hour. Read more for an in-depth video, additional pictures and information.
It can be quite dangerous for manned crews to inspect a damaged building after an earthquake or fire, and that’s exactly why researchers from the Robotics and Perception Group at the University of Zurich and the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL created a new kind of drone for the task. This innovative new design was inspired by birds that fold their wings in mid-air to cross narrow passages, and this drone can morph itself to fit through narrow gaps and then go back to its previous shape, all the while continuing to fly. Best of all, the drone can still hold and transport objects along the way. Read more for the video and additional information.
Matt Chasen, founder of uShip, has unveiled his new project, LIFT Aircraft’s Hexa, an electric, vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that anyone will be able to rent and experience. It resembles a large drone with 18 sets of propellers, motors and batteries, with just one seat for the pilot. Since this weighs in at just 432 lbs, it qualifies as a Powered Ultralight by the FAA so no pilot’s license is required to fly. Electric multirotor aircraft fly using distributed electric propulsion (DEP), which allows an aircraft to be controlled simply by varying the speed of multiple electric motors, accomplished by flight control computers. Unlike traditional helicopters, Hexa can even fly with up to six of its eighteen motors out, has a ballistic parachute that autonomously deploys in the event of an emergency, complete with 5 floats to safely land on water, and can be controlled remotely by LIFT trained safety pilots in the event of an emergency. Read more for additional images from around the web.
Aeromexico is currently investigating whether a drone slammed into one of its Boeing 737 jetliners as the aircraft approached its destination Wednesday in Tijuana, Mexico, as images shared on social media showed considerable damage to the nose of the aircraft. Crew members we heard saying they heard a “pretty loud bang” shortly before landing and asked control to check if the nose was damaged on Flight 773 from Guadalajara. “The exact cause is still being investigated. The aircraft landed normally and the passengers’ safety was never compromised,” said Grupo Aeromexico. Read more for two additional photos of the damage.
Drone fans rejoice! Plague Fort, also known as Fort Alexander, is a naval fortress on an artificial island in the Gulf of Finland near St. Petersburg and Kronstadt. Between 1899-1917, it housed a research laboratory on plague and other bacterial diseases. By the end of the 19th century, the fort was primarily used for ammunition storage, as the development of rifled artillery rendered the fort facilities ineffective for defensive purposes. During the 1890s, in wake of the discovery of the plague pathogen by Alexandre Yersin, the Russian government formed a special Commission on the Prevention of Plague Disease to facilitate research in this specific area of bacteriology. In August 1899, research work took off at Plague Fort, mainly focused on the study of plague disease and preparation of plague serum and vaccine from the immunized horses. Read more for another aerial drone video and additional information.